Ride used to be one of the coolest bands on the planet.
Although their first EP Smile didn't completely win me over, the
thoroughly awesome Nowhere blew me away. Goin' Blank
Again was almost equally majestic. Suddenly, Ride decided to give
birth to a giant poop log and disguise it as a CD. 1994's Carnival of
Light probably ranks as the biggest disappointment from a competent
group to ever sour my ears. Now, they're calling it quits, and the swan
song is called Tarantula. It's better than Carnival of Light,
that's for sure. It's more stomp than swoon as evidenced by the lead-off
"Black Nite Crash." Another number, "Castle on the Hill," is good
vintage Ride music that made me smile. That's about it, though. A lot
of the tunes don't fail to hold my interest, but they also don't give me
that huge, superhero glow that songs like "Seagull," "In a Different
Place," "Twisterella," and "Leave Them All Behind" did. Oh, well.
We'll always have Nowhere.